2022-2023 Edition

Academic Catalog

Art History Minor


The art history minor is intended to reach students who would like to incorporate the study of artworks and architecture into their work in other disciplines and/or who discover art history later in their college career. The art history minor maintains the geographical breadth, historical depth, and academic rigor that is characteristic of the major but comprises fewer art history courses and does not require study of a foreign language. Art history minors may not write honors theses.

Admission to the Minor

For admission to the minor, students must have taken a minimum of three art history courses and have a B average in art history, as well as a B average overall.

The art history program director will admit students to the minor and certify them upon its completion. To sign up for the minor, students need to complete a minor declaration form found in their WesPortal.

Upon completing the minor, students must submit a completed minor certification form.

Students will not be required to declare an official minor advisor, but they are encouraged to meet with the art history faculty on an as-needed basis and to take part in program events.

Minor Requirements

To complete a minor, students need to take six credits with the following requirements:

  • Completion of a 100-level course. Students may choose from any of the 100-level courses offered in any given semester or year.  The following link provides a list of introductory course offerings [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AlShnql_pyF3fg5zbRoT_s0g6pWrk3lZNWqVWelBImw/edit#gid=0]
  • Completion of five courses numbered 200 or above. These courses must include study in three of the following five geographical areas: The Americas, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, and Africa. The five courses must also include study in two of the following four historical periods: ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern. One of these five courses must be a seminar (numbered in the 300 range). Any one course may be counted toward only one of these area or period requirements.  The following link provides a list of courses currently offered and the categories they may fulfill [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AlShnql_pyF3fg5zbRoT_s0g6pWrk3lZNWqVWelBImw/edit#gid=0]
  • All of the courses offered by or cross-listed with the Art History program are eligible for the minor.
  • No courses numbered 401 or higher may count toward the minor.
  • No courses in other departments may count toward the minor, except for courses cross-listed with art history.
  • One course in art history taken elsewhere may count toward the minor, subject to the program director’s preapproval. This course may count as a 200-level course but the 100- and 300-level courses for the minor must be taken at Wesleyan.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken on a graded basis. Exceptions will be made for COL and CSS majors.

Additional Information

For the purposes of planning, students have access to two documents:

  1. course projections, which indicate when specific courses will be offered during a three-year period: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o_IW5xLRNDDTyX53J2ZqxLFSmO_sNTem80MwNtBUE4k/edit#gid=0
  2. ARHA minor planning worksheets, which may be used to help students map out a course of study: https://www.wesleyan.edu/art/arthist/course_planning_documents.html

As a temporary measure, and until such time as we are able to regularly offer courses in African art, courses in African Studies may count as fulfilling the Africa geographical distributional requirement.